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Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

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We love to tie a little something special on the bride and groom’s chairs, whether it is as simple as a double faced satin ribbon tied in a bow, a trinket that ties into the design or an embellishment, like a hand embroidered sash. Sweet details like these bring the design to life!

Sources: bells; pink satin ribbons; tullecoral chair ties; embroidered chair covers 

happy derby day weekend!

Friday, May 6th, 2016

southern bouquet inspiration

It might be sacrilege, but I’ve never really loved mint juleps (gasp). This bourbon slush, though? The best. Happy derby weekend!

 

Bourbon Slush

image above: bouquet designed by janie medley, styled by courtney spencer and photographed by patricia lyons for southern weddings magazine V6

Start with the entrée

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

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Ina cleared up all confusion about menu planning last night in her talk at Richmond Centerstage: start with the entree. So simple! So brilliant! Start with the entrée. Think about the ingredients that are in your main dish and then plan the remaining courses with complementary flavors.

Planning a menu for a party, especially a wedding, where you have so many opinions, options and conditions to consider, can be riddled with anxiety. Ina encourages us all to keep it simple. “Earthy,”  by which she means “down to earth,” dishes are always winners. No need to be elaborate or to serve something that is entirely foreign to you or beyond your budget. Simple is better. Serve what you know.

She also encourages hosts to plan one menu that everyone can enjoy. Rather than cooking one meal for your vegetarian friend, another for your gluten free friend and yet another for the rest of your group with no food allergies, plan one meal that accommodates the entire group. Start by asking your guests “what food don’t you eat.” Ina says beware: you might get some funny responses (“fish eyes!”), but you will eventually get a complete list of foods your menu should avoid, and from there, you can start making a plan. Start with the entrée first!

photo by katie stoops for southern weddings V5

Happy Easter!

Friday, March 25th, 2016

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Hope you have a happy Easter weekend. Below, a few links to Easter goodies!

In love with Emily Henderson’s pastel Easter brunch.

Have you seen this elegant Easter table designed by Calder Clark?

There are two Easter traditions Birdie and I observe every year: making birds nests and baking the Back in the Day Bakery carrot cake (in a bunny cake pan, of course!).

Cute carrot surprise balls.

Carissa does it again! These floral bunny ears are adorable.

Flashing back to this fun Easter project over at Oh Joy!

And, as always, there’s more here. Happy Easter!

here comes peter cottontail!

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

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radish wreath via sunset magazine; basket with tulips via martha stewart weddings; dodie thayer from tory burch via lonny; dyed brown eggs via martha stewart weddings; lilac via midwest living

true blue

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

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#1 blue and white suite designed by Smock as seen in Martha Stewart Weddings’ summer 2016 issue; #2  Abby Jiu & Ritzy Bee Events as seen in Brides; #3 Navy wedding photographed by KT Merry; #4 via Pink Pagoda; #5 Honor & Jay’s wedding featured in Martha Stewart Weddings’ summer 2016 issue

artist we love: claire hill

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

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I had the good fortune of discovering Claire Hill’s work last year at Fraîche, where her Richmond prints are sold (second image from the top). Claire has been an artist for as long as she can remember. After earning a BFA with a concentration in painting, she returned to her hometown of Richmond, where she has focused on producing custom pen & ink architectural drawings, paintings, portraits and custom calligraphy & illustration for weddings. Of her wedding work, Claire says custom invitations with illustrations are her favorite kind of commission because “they are more fun and leave a lot of room for creative freedom!” I just love all of the details Claire incorporates into her work, giving each piece a unmistakable sense of place — the dogwoods, cardinals and architectural elements. And the energy and happiness of her calligraphy is contagious! Thanks for sharing your work, Claire! xo

darling dogwood details

Monday, March 21st, 2016

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image #1 cake by maggie austin, photographed by abby jiu for maria & josh’s wedding; #2 wreath via once wed; #3 cookies for megan + will’s wedding photographed by katie stoops; #4 maids with dogwood bouquets photographed by landon jacob via southern weddings magazine; #5 dogwood arrangement photographed by landon jacob via southern weddings

Glorious green!

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

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St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect opportunity to look back at this classic green wedding inspiration we designed for Southern Weddings Magazine volume 5, photographed by Katie Stoops. Aren’t the paper details designed by Lettered Olive to die for, with the William Morris-inspired green and blue floral motif? The details make the design! For all the sources, click over here to read more here.

Chinoiserie au Jardin

Friday, March 11th, 2016

green and white wedding inspiration

It’s no secret I’m a die hard fan of Chinoiserie (witness: our china pattern). This chinoiserie-inspired party, designed by Nathan Turner and Mary McDonald for Veranda, is perfection, especially the bar, backed by an elegant gray pagoda and flanked by faux cherry blossoms. Green and white is an eternally classic combination; I love this palette not only for a wedding, but for any sort of spring or summer gathering.

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images: The Greystone House Gala featured in Veranda. Photography by Reed Davis.